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Poster: Bridgewater Video Date: Mar 10, 2007 10:54am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: Downloading speeds

I don't speak for the Archive, but I can make a few observations as an Archive user. Even though the data all comes from the same Archive, it comes from different servers. There might be dozens of servers, each holding a small percentage of the materials in the archive. If the material you choose is from a busy server then your download speed will slow down. The next item you pick to download may come from a different server. That server may have no one else on it at that moment and download very fast. I find that Friday and Saturday nights are the worst on the Archive. Everyone is home for the weekend and a lot of people want to check out the Archive. If I find something I want on Friday night, I come back and download it on Monday morning when the servers are slow. Actually, I have always had good luck in my downloads at the Archive. I pick out some movies and start the downloads when I go to work on Monday morning and when I come home the movies are waiting for me. Cool! I usually just use "save target as" but I don't think it matters. I believe the Archive usually does maintenance on Thursday night/early Friday morning. So if you start a download Thursday night and go to bed you may wake up Friday morning to a failed download. I hope this information helps you in the Archive.

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Poster: karen raymond Date: Mar 18, 2007 6:00am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: Downloading speeds

i'm a newbie on this site but love it. but nothing that i use for playing or editing will work w MPEG4 which is what i get when i choose save target as.

do i need a converter

thanks for help

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Poster: Bridgewater Video Date: Mar 18, 2007 6:55am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: Downloading speeds

Hi Karen, On my computers MPEG-4 is usually played as a quicktime file. Do you have Quicktime on your computer?

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Poster: karen raymond Date: Mar 18, 2007 7:39am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: Downloading speeds

yes, i just figured that out and just purchased quicktime pro which will let me make fragments of downloaded film. I'm trying to put together a video for my mother's 95th birthday celebration which will feature a family bus ride to each of the 3 places the family lived in NY from the early 1900's to 1960's. BUT will i be able to take this MPEG4 fragment to Roxio VideoWave and add it to the video i've already made? so far i have a great film featuring the 3rd Ave El which connected all 3 places, and the bus will follow the old route while we watch the El train make its journey! i could get really addicted to doing this!

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Poster: Bridgewater Video Date: Mar 19, 2007 10:02am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: Downloading speeds

Hi Karen, I suspect you can convert the Quicktime clip unless it has a copyguard on it. I am not so sure if Videowave will convert your Mpeg-4 (what version/year do you have)? If not, Quicktime pro may be able to convert to another format you can use. For what its worth, I find most Mpeg-4s to be heavily compressed. If you are editing, I suggest that if a less compressed format is available you might want to try/use it. Mpeg-2 files tend to work better for me. The less compressed the better. Post back later and let the forum know how the video works for you if you get a chance. Best wishes on your video!